Whiteboard Animations in Corporate Learning – Why Use Them?

Whiteboard animations in corporate learning

Using Whiteboard Animations in Corporate Learning

Video has become a popular format when it comes to corporate learning. Of course, not all topics lend themselves well to a video, so you should always keep in mind using mediums that are fit-for-purpose. However, there’s still a lot of use cases. Due to the challenges in making traditional training videos, animations have grown in popularity – ourselves being heavy users as well. While we’ve written about using animations in digital learning before, this time we wanted talk about a particular type. Whiteboard animations are perhaps the stripped down version of conventional animations. However, they’re still effective and highly suitable for corporate learning use.

What’s a whiteboard animation?

The term refers to a type of animation that is generally quite minimalistic. Colour is scarce, and generally used for highlighting things. Also, the props, characters and layouts are generally quite simple. These factors help to create visuals that are less cluttered and focus on the key message. As an example, take a look at the animation video below.

Quick, easy and consequently, cheap! Yet much nicer than slide decks or documents.

Why whiteboard animations in particular?

Naturally, the simplistic style of these animations and its constraints are not ideal for every kind of narrative. In our experience, whiteboards are generally a good option for abstract concepts and training topics (think soft skills, leadership, strategy), as well as delivering conceptual knowledge. If your training topic is more hands-on, other types of animation might help you to replicate those operating environments better.

In addition to the above, the benefits we as a power-user see in whiteboard animations go along the following lines:

  • Very fast to make – learning professionals are always under pressure to put out more content. To give you an idea of the time required, the animation above was made from start to finish during a lunch break.
  • No technical skills required – there’s a lot of good animation tools out there, that enable people with no significant technical skills to animate videos like these.
  • More engaging than slides or documents – Quick and easy to consume for the learner. The medium also forces the “trainer” to focus on what’s really relevant, as screen real estate is limited. Remember, less is more!
  • Easy way to visualise concepts – enabling visual cues could help your learners to learn more effectively.
  • Cheap! – in the end it’s all about the money, right? Thanks to the speed of production, these types of animations end up being quite affordable! Also, we’ve found that this medium often works quite well even without voice-overs, which is one of the biggest single cost items in producing training videos.

Final words

If you are a corporate learning professional that wants to move away from slides and documents, but struggles with the time required for producing better content, whiteboard animations could be a good addition to your toolbox. There’s a whole bunch of great tools out there. We at Learning Crafters really love Vyond and their comprehensive suite of tools. It’s rare that we find a need we can’t fulfil with their tools . But depending on your budget, there are a lot of offerings out there. And if you don’t have the manpower resources to design animations in-house just yet, we might be able to help with that. Just drop us a note here.

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Explainer Animations for Learning – Engage with Visuals

Explainer Animations for Learning

Explainer Animations for Learning – Engaging with Visuals

The preferred ways of presenting information have become increasingly multi-faceted over the last few years. In the digital and mobile era, conventional information format like documents, slide decks and presentations have lost their way. Information today has to be quick and convenient to access, as well as increasingly visual. Visualised information – especially in the format of videos – provides learners a convenient medium getting to the right facts and figures at the point of need. It’s also helpful for opening up different concepts and frameworks. Hence, we’ll look at a few examples and use cases for explainer animations in learning.

What can you use explainer animations for in learning?

In general, we consider explainer animations to work well conveying the following kinds of information:

  1. Numerical information
  2. Statistics
  3. Business Cases
  4. Persuasive Messages

To better illustrate things, take a look at this sample of an explainer animation explaining the concept of flipped learning.

Why do explainer animations make a difference?

As we are constantly fighting for our learners’ attention, video-based content generally provides a good alternative for increased engagement. Furthermore, using explainer animations or videos helps you to focus on the key messages, stripping away unnecessary information and all the “nice-to-know”. This helps to avoid cognitive overload on the learners’ part, which in turn increases learning retention. Furthermore, you are also engaging two new groups of people with spatial/visual and aural/musical learning styles. Overall, the time required to build animations such as this one is not that huge, hence justifying the investment. In terms of software needed, Vyond provides a great tool for creating all types of animations.

If you need help in delivering better learning with explainer animations and videos, we can help. Just contact us. Furthermore, if you’d like to create your own, take a look at Vyond

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Interactive Learning – What Does It Really Mean?

Interactive learning

Interactive Learning – What Does It Really Mean?

For the past few years, interactivity has been a buzz-word in the learning technology industry. Every other organisation out there claims to be doing interactive learning. While many of such companies are doing good things in terms of providing engaging learning, rather few actually provide interactive learning.

Interactivity, per its definition, means a two-way transaction. When it comes to learning content, the main two-way transaction forms between the content and the learner. Unfortunately, formats that we generally think of as interactive only provide one-way transactions. For instance, videos interacts with the user with moving picture and sounds. However, in the case of normal videos, the learner doesn’t really interact with the video (unless you count the push of the play-button as interactivity – we sure don’t!). This interactivity from learner to content is extremely important for both learning retention and tracking the learning activity. If there are no interactions, how does the L&D manager know that anyone really watched the video? How do the learners monitor their own learning if they don’t get instant feedback on whether they have understood the concepts being learned?

By enabling true two-way interactions, the learning professionals get access to a whole new depth of insights into how their employees’ skills develop. The learners, on the other hand, receive tools of monitoring their own learning better. As with all content, our minds tend to deviate without us really noticing it. Relevant interactions in the digital learning content help us to stay focused and alert us if we don’t. Learners are more likely to keep going with the material as they know when they are gaining results.

This is what interactive learning looks like!

As usual, show works better and tell. That’s why we have prepared a video illustration of the digital interactive learning tricks that you can use to derive better insights and increase learning retention. Have a look at the video below and see different kinds of interactions that improve the learning experience!

 

In terms of technology, the interactive learning elements seen above certainly require no rocket science. This all can be done with simple HTML5. The great thing about HTML5 is that it works on mobile platforms as well. HTML5 in itself is something that should be in every learning professional’s toolbox to cater for mobile learning audiences.

What about other types of interactivity in learning?

As mentioned, the primary interaction in learning generally happens between the content and the learner. However, we should not limit ourselves to just that. By implementing simple strategies, we can enable interactions between learners and trainers as well as learners to learners. This type of social learning and peer-to-peer communication can be a very powerful tool in facilitating knowledge transfer in an organization when used correctly. For more detailed description of the possibilities of social learning, you should check out this article here.

Are you struggling with learning engagement? Would you like to improve your interactive learning? Let us know, and we’ll get you started on the right path. 

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